Lynbrook North Middle School sixth-graders in Peter McNally’s technology class recently practiced their creativity skills with a trip to the school’s computer lab where they worked with the 3D printing design program, Tinkercad. The program allows students to create and design 3D shapes and objects, program, stimulate and assemble electronics, as well as learn to code.
The sixth-graders learned how to use the snipping tool while creating basic shapes and designs and practiced moving objects in the program. Library Media Specialist Kelly Napolitano facilitated the lesson with the help of McNally. Both walked around the computer lab to provide support as the students completed lessons.
“Tinkercad is really a way for them to learn how to manipulate different shapes to create something new,” said Napolitano. “It involves problem-solving and walks students through the trial and error process.”
Although the sixth-graders are new to the program, Napolitano explained that they can download and print their designs with a 3D printing program in the school’s library.